Mary Ann Craig is Professor of Music at Mt. Claire University in New Jersey and is the President of the International Euphonium Tuba Association. She appears frequently as euphonium soloist and clinician at national and state conferences, and at colleges/universities. She was a clinician and teacher at Keystone Brass Institute of the Summit Brass in Colorado for two years. Dr. Craig is also active as a music educator, holding offices in national and state organizations. She received a Doctor of Music Education Degree and a Performer's Certificate on the euphonium from Indiana University. In 1987 she recorded a solo album, "Mary Ann Craig, Euphonium". She has recently released a new solo euphonium CD called "Euphonium...Out on a Limb".
Jay Hildebrandt is active as a performer on the tuba, tenor and bass trombones, and, in the Colonial Tuba Quartet, as a euphoniumist. He has performed in Europe, Japan, Canada and throughout the U.S. as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with such highly recognized groups as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Summer Symphony, the Henry Mancini Orchestra, and several jazz and pop oriented groups as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, David Baker, and Les Elgart. He plays regularly in the Delaware Symphony, Delaware Brass and Westminster Brass. Jay is Professor of Music at the University of Delaware. He taught previously at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the public schools of Gary Indiana. He holds the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University (with high distinction) as well as a Master of Music in Trombone and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. His former teachers include Henry C. Smith, III, Lewis Van Haney, Edward Kleinhammer, Wm. Bell, Keith Brown, and Buddy Baker.
Gary Bird is Professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches tuba/euphonium, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Perspectives. He has performed as soloist with many ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, River City Brass Band and others. He performs with the IUP Brass Quintet and is principal tubist of the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. Indiana University Press has recently published his book: Program Notes for the Solo Tuba, compiled and edited by Gary Bird. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Master of Music in Tuba Performance from North Texas State University and received his Doctor of Music Degree in Tuba Performance and Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University in May of 1992.
Gregory Fritze is Chair of the Composition Department, Berklee College of Music, where he teaches tuba, composition and conducts the Berklee Concert Wind Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Composition from Indiana University. He is principal tubist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, performs frequently in the Boston area. He has performed with many ensembles including the New York Virtuosi Ensemble, the Henry Mancini Orchestra, The New Hampshire Symphony, The Great Woods Festival Orchestra and others. He has performed with Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, Cleo Lane, John Dankworth and others. An advocate of contemporary music, he has conducted over thirty premieres for wind ensemble and has also premiered many pieces for solo tuba. He has been the inspiration for many composers to write pieces for him including for two tuba concertos especially written for him.
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1. The Colonial Express - Jack Stamp
2. Suite for Tuba Quartet: I Arthur Frackenpohl
3. Suite for Tuba Quartet: II Arthur Frackenpohl
4. Suite for Tuba Quartet: III Arthur Frackenpohl
5. Sweet Georgia Brown - Traditional
6. Prelude and Dance: Prelude - Gregory Fritze
7. Prelude and Dance: Dance - Gregory Fritze
8. The Colonial Suite: Simple Gifts - arr. Fritze
9. The Colonial Suite: Yankee Doodel - arr. Fritze
10. The Colonial Sweet: When Jesus Wept - arr. Hildebrandt
11. The Colonial Suite: Chester -arr. Hildebrandt
12. Erich! - Stephen Melillo
13. In Darkness Dreaming: I Barton Cummings
14. In Darkness Dreaming:II Barton Cummings
15. In Darkness Dreaming: III Barton Cummings
16. Eine Kleine Nacht Music - Mozart
17. Fantaisie Original - Picchi
18. Over the Rainbow - Arlen
19. Dances; Four Tubas - Ken Pullig
20. Two Fantasias - Banchieri
21. Edelweiss - Traditional
22. Washington Post March - Sousa